I have a PHEV model too. Since cockedandglocked
has given you the major highlight of the PHEV, i will not re-write the same aspect and details of the vehicule. BUT
since i drove for 5 months an HEV model
before i got the PHEV in december, here are my tought on the HEV. ** please note that i had the HEV from May to December of 2018**
The HEV also starts like the PHEV.. that means on the EV mode. If the battery has enough charge at start-up, it can take you on EV mode till you make 1 or 2 stops. After, the ICE will start and recharge the battery.
If its gets a little colder like: 5c (41F) and minus, the ICE starts right away to heat up the engine that is cold like all normal cars. The main disapointment, is that if you do 9 miles to go to work
(18 both ways), the ICE will run all the way because the engine will not warm up the cabin fast enough. That was my major point
for changing too a PHEV model.
My reality, is
that i do 4km (2.4 miles) to go to work and same thing back home. my 8km per day can be made on the EV mode all the way.. Now since i got my PHEV in december, i cannot get the same results that i had in the summer because of the cold weather and the heating in the cabin.! So, i have tried on my second week a full EV ride to work and back without any heat
exept the heated seats and steering (thank god for this invention hahahha). i did my 42km (26 miles) on one full charge in 3 and ¾ days instead of my calculated 5 days.. Then the HEV mode started up the ICE...
2- On the HEV model
, i would do in the summer time 890 to 975 km (553 to 605 miles) on a full tank. i would last 4-5 weeks before fueling again!
For the PHEV
, on my first fuel tank (Jan 7), i did 1700km (1056 miles) and took ~ 20 recharging sessions
... it gived me an impressive 2.4L/100km (more than 94 miles per gallon). That is very impressing..! As we speak, i am still on my second tank.
What differences is there between the HEV & PHEV? The HEV has a 43hp electric motor and the PHEV, 60hp.. combined with a 104hp ICE engine. on the PHEV, you can feel the torque when on an acceleration, and even more on sport mode if needed. You do not have on a HEV model, a EV/HEV button like in the PHEV too change from one to the other..
4- My conclusion
, if your commute is 18 miles a day.. I would go with the PHEV 100%.. Yes, the PDSF is more than a HEV, but with a 26 miles battery range, if you can charge it often, and make a good mpg with it, you will not regret it.
. I did not.!
Hope you will make your best choice.! feel free too ask us more question !